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  • Summary: An independent game from Ninja Theory - makers of Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West & DmC: Devil May Cry. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice takes you on a journey into savage viking heartland with Senua, a Celtic warrior struggling with trauma & psychosis.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Sep 29, 2017
    100
    Hellblade is a kind of a game you have not played yet. Despite the smaller variability of enemies, it offers such a powerful experience that we have to recommend it. Senua's mind suffers and you suffer with her. Ragnarök is coming. [Issue#277]
  2. Aug 14, 2017
    95
    Hellblade is one of the game industry’s few genuine dramas – a dark, uncomfortable experience that makes players suffer alongside its protagonist. By intentionally avoiding the standard power fantasy in their designs, Ninja Theory has shined a light on mental illness, an important subject that many people are ill-informed about, and they’ve portrayed it in an immersive manner that no other storytelling medium could. For those up to the challenge, it’s a must-play, and one of the boldest and most important artistic endeavors games have seen in quite some time.
  3. Aug 17, 2017
    90
    Clocking in at around 6 hours, there isn’t any real replay value unless you’re someone like me who likes to go back to see how the experience changes after I’ve been enlightened with the full picture. While some may claim that it is far too short of a game, I would argue that it is the perfect length for this particular title, and as it retails at half the cost of a typical triple A game at $29.99, it more than justifies its asking price. After all, I certainly don’t think this would have been a better game if it was double the length at twice the cost.
  4. Aug 21, 2017
    85
    Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a clear example of a game as an art form with a strong message and a complex, layered narrative. It’s true that you’re sort of along for the ride and most of your interactions are through your emotional response to what is depicted rather than through the mechanics of the game, but is that such a bad thing?
  5. Aug 11, 2017
    80
    Ninja Theory ought to be praised for what it’s achieved – an adult story that’s told like no other, combat that’s skilful and harrowing, unique environmental based puzzles and light, scenic adventuring. It’s just a shame that some of Hellblade‘s gameplay components at times feel forced.
  6. Aug 8, 2017
    80
    Over the course of its journey, Hellblade keeps its gameplay lean in order to not overstay its welcome. Despite the complexity of the narrative and its presentation, combat only happens when it needs to, and puzzle solving and set-piece moments often drive the story forward to reveal more about Senua's motivations. Which in turn reveals the struggles that torment her, preventing her from moving on.
  7. Aug 27, 2017
    70
    Odd as it may sound to recommend a game moreso on its story, Ninja Theory’s latest is an interesting, if flawed, entrant.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 196
  1. Sep 8, 2019
    10
    There are no words to describe this game. It's a unique experience that stays with you forever.
  2. Aug 25, 2017
    10
    WOW, I loved this game! I'm usually a run & gun type player, and don't go for hack & slash button mashers, but the photo realistic graphicsWOW, I loved this game! I'm usually a run & gun type player, and don't go for hack & slash button mashers, but the photo realistic graphics pulled me into the story. And this is a pretty gripping story. Once I started playing I put all my other games aside until I finished this one, which is rare for me. The depiction of Senua's psychosis was intense, especially when you're wearing headphones and those voices in her head sound like they're in YOUR head. I urge you to get this game and support these developers. I can't wait to see more games from them. Expand
  3. Aug 8, 2017
    10
    Ninja Theory gives exactly what they promised! Epic story, beautiful visuals, triple a quality. Great experience especially for this price! INinja Theory gives exactly what they promised! Epic story, beautiful visuals, triple a quality. Great experience especially for this price! I really recommend checking out the dev diaries on youtube before jumping into the game, so you could appreciate the game even more. Expand
  4. Nov 12, 2018
    9
    I think that this is truly a unique game and I would recommend that if you are a fan of this type of genre then I think you should give thisI think that this is truly a unique game and I would recommend that if you are a fan of this type of genre then I think you should give this game a try. Expand
  5. May 8, 2020
    8
    If the puzzles weren't frustrating, I would give 9 out of 10 to this game. Anyway, it was a cool experience for me. I really liked theIf the puzzles weren't frustrating, I would give 9 out of 10 to this game. Anyway, it was a cool experience for me. I really liked the story-telling, atmosphere, environment and music. 10hrs on record. Expand
  6. Jan 9, 2019
    6
    I hate to give this game a low score...but my expectations were so high because of all the fuss surrounding It. Way too much positive review.I hate to give this game a low score...but my expectations were so high because of all the fuss surrounding It. Way too much positive review. It's like a very beautiful 3rd person walking simulator with a powerful, sensible story and a boring implementation.
    I can see why it's so acclaimed and if I hadn't expected perfection I would have probably enjoyd it...but the cycle of insipid puzzles and unfocused-uninspired battles just frustrated me.

    Maybe after 2 hours it gets better.
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  7. Jun 27, 2020
    0
    If you love games that are fun to play, exciting, engaging, and have a compelling story with an ending that even makes a tiny bit of sense,If you love games that are fun to play, exciting, engaging, and have a compelling story with an ending that even makes a tiny bit of sense, this game is not for you.
    There is no HUD and no tutorial. The game does not explain how to play itself, it literally turns you loose in Hell and says - here you are, have fun getting killed over and over and over and over again until you either figure out the basic gameplay mechanics which we could have explained to you but don't, because fun, or you rage pause and look up a walkthrough online.
    The combat is repetitive and frustrating. It makes no attempt to be anything other than a mindless button masher with an added step or two whenever you face a brute or a boss. There is no stealth, only one weapon, and a slow-motion bullet time effect that I didn't even know existed until I was 2/3 of the way through the game, because as I mentioned before, there is no tutorial or guide.
    The puzzles aren't so much puzzles. None of them require you to think in order to solve them, they simply require that you have patience, which was already wearing thin for me with this game very early on. You don't feel smart, like you just solved something. 90% of it is just you walking around until you've found the correct spot to stand in and press a button. Sometimes, they make the puzzles more layered by giving you two or three spots to stand in and press a button before you advance. Again, patience, not intelligence opens the door to the next area.
    Because there is no map, no guide points, no items in the world to indicate which direction to go, I frequently got lost and spent a lot of time just wandering around not knowing what I was looking for. I don't expect a game to hold my hand, but it's got to at LEAST give me an objective and a direction to walk in.
    The story started out 10/10. I was instantly engaged by the opening cutscene and playing as a Celtic warrioress on a path to save the soul of her beloved on a journey through Hell. This is really f***ing cool, I'm totally on board. Slowly though, I started to realize that there would be no engaging narrative, no satisfying conclusion, no real character development. It makes a heavy handed point of being an avant garde piece of abstract fiction in which the "message" they're trying to convey (mental illness is difficult - oh really?) comes at the expense of a cogent narrative in which a character has a want, but they are having trouble getting it, and we are tuned in to see whether they get it or not, watching them grow and change along the way. You know, the literal core of a good story.
    In short, not for a single moment after the first chapter was I looking forward to what was going to happen next, or having fun doing what I was doing at that time. I only finished the game because I paid for it and I'm cheap.
    Because I couldn't skip the end credits, I ctrl-alt-deleted to close the program and immediately uninstalled it because I'm never, ever going to even feel tempted to play it again. It was hands down one of the worst video games ever. I totally get why it has a high critic score, because critics are hacks, but the high user score blows my mind. I thought the general public was smarter than this.
    Pros: It looks AMAZING. But then again, show me a game made in the last decade that doesn't look amazing. Of course it looks amazing. Who cares?
    Save your money and just go back and replay Skyrim as a female Nord.
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